History of EOZ

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.    

Eta Omega Zeta Chapter – Athens, Georgia

Eta Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was officially chartered on March 15, 1975 in Athens, Georgia under the mentorship and directives of Mrs. Harriet B. Green and Dr. Eunice S. Thomas.

The five charter members, Katheryn B. Davis, Margaret W. Tribble, Johnnie B. Smith, Bettye (Thompson) Stroud, and Elizabeth Ann Sims were determined, dedicated and distinguished women who sincerely believed in the precepts and values of our beloved sorority: Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. The chapter demonstrated these beliefs in early programs and projects which have evolved over forty-five years.                                

Some of the signature programs of Eta Omega Zeta Chapter are: the Annual Finer Womanhood Program; the Tom Thumb Wedding; the Zeta Fashion Extravaganza; the Annual Blue and White Youth Scholarship Awards Luncheon in partnership with Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc.

The chapter continues to be committed to opportunities afforded by Zeta’s national signature programs such as Z-hope (Zetas Helping Other People Excel through mind, body and spirit); Stork’s Nest; March of Dimes; Finer Women Don’t Haze; Elder Care and Adopt a School Initiatives.

The chapter continues to demonstrate a dedication to service to the Athens community and surrounding areas through voter registration events; partnerships with Lay Park; Burton Care Home; Stroud Elementary School and Books for Keeps. Further, the chapter initiated “Baxter Street Clean Up” with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Eta Omega Zeta proudly claims outstanding leadership in the national organization as hall of fame recipients and state, regional and national officers.

Eta Omega Zeta chapter members believe in “being at the table” for advocacy, change and action in the community. The chapter is instrumental in chartering the Chi Epsilon Chapter at the University of Georgia; formation of the Amicae Auxiliary of Athens; first Stork’s Nest Project in Athens; charter member of the Athens Alumni NPHC organization; Blue Revue; Blue and White Picnic, initiated with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; UGA Scholarship for Academic Excellence named for a chapter member; chapter recipient of the Athens Human Relations Council, Inc. Community service award. Members received the Pioneer’s Award. Eta Omega Zeta Chapter – Athens is committed to the continuation of the history of the superior delivery of services to the communities in which we live and will always be dedicated to making a profound difference in the lives of others through organized community service